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Remembering Savitri Devi:
September 30, 1905 to October 22, 1982

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Savitri Devi was a philosopher, a religious thinker, and a tireless polemicist and activist for the causes of animal rights, European pagan revivalism, Hindu Nationalism, German National Socialism, and — after the Second World War — pan-European racial nationalism. She also sought to found a religion, Esoteric Hitlerism, fusing National Socialism with the Traditionalism of René Guénon and Julius Evola. All told, she was one of the most extraordinary personalities of the 20th century.

She was born Maximine Portaz born in Lyons, France on September 30, 1905. Her mother, Julia Nash was English, descending from Viking stock. (She claimed that the name Nash is derived from Ash, as in the World Ash Tree.) Her father, Maxim Portaz, was three fourths Italian from Savoy, one fourth Greek. Because of her mixed-European heritage, she identified herself simply as “European.” She also described herself as a “nationalist of all nations.”

For an account of her life and work, read R. G. Fowler’s tribute to Savitri Devi on her 100th birthday: “Woman Against Time: Remembering Savitri Devi’s 100th Birthday.” (Translations: German, French, Czech, Norwegian.)

Savitri Devi died on October 22, 1982 in Sible Hedingham, Essex, England at the home of her friend Muriel Gantry. For a sad account of her passing, see Muriel Gantry’s “The Last Days of Savitri Devi,” selected from her correspondence by R. G. Fowler.

For more information on Savitri Devi’s life, work, and influence see R. G. Fowler’s website The Savitri Devi Archive.

Counter-Currents has reprinted several works by Savitri Devi online:

Counter-Currents has also published or reprinted several works about Savitri Devi:

Savitri Devi is also quite widely tagged at Counter-Currents.

Five of Savitri Devi’s books are currently in print in English and available for purchase at Counter-Currents:

Counter-Currents has now taken over publication of the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works. The next volume, due out before the end of 2014, is the long-anticipated republication of the complete and unabridged edition of The Lightning and the Sun. 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Highland
    Posted October 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    One of the great Thinkers, Her intellect was far above most men, What a Woman!

    • WWWM
      Posted October 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

      I enjoyed Bowden’s speech on Savitri Devi. He says she would scare the pants off of these left wing intellectuals, if they ever got smart enough to understand what she was saying. An educated, determined, female, animal rights activist. She is more than most people can even deal with.

  2. Posted September 30, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    “Her father, Maxim Portaz, was three fourths Italian from Savoy”

    Sorry Greg, but Savoyards are not Italian, and never have been. Portaz is a strictly Savoyard name (they usually end with -oz or -az, but the “z” is not pronounced), i.e. that of Francophones.

    Savoy has never been Italian. It has instead belonged to the Kingdom of Sardinia (or rather, the Kingdom of Sardinia has belonged to Savoy, given that Sardinia’s ruling dynasty was the House of Savoy). Upon Italian unity, it was annexed by France along with the Duchy of Nice after a democratic referendum, in 1860. Then the new kingdom of Italy was ruled by the House of Savoy until Mussolini’s overthrow. But the original Duchy of Savoy was French, and remains French to this day.

    Moreover, as ethno-nationalists we assert the fact that blood is thicker than paper, so even if Savoyards had lived under Italian rule, they would not have been Italians.

    Whether they’re French or not, though, is up for discussion; I’d just say that even if language is not sufficient – Scots speak English, but they are not the same people as the English, obviously – they have always been Francophones.

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